When most people think of Seattle’s vibrant music scene, the electric riffs of Jimi Hendrix’s guitar or legendary grunge acts like Nirvana, Soungarden and Pearl Jam come to mind. But Seattle also has a jazzier side. From classic to bebop to fusion, you can find a variety of venues to listen to some incredible jazz music. All within a stone’s throw from your Seattle vacation rental.
Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley:Since 1979, Jazz Alley has been revered as one of the finest jazz clubs on the West Coast. Legendary acts like Dizzy Gillespie, Bill Evans, Pete Escovedo and Kenny G have all played the stage. In house instruments include a grand piano and a vintage Hammond B3 organ for kitschy jazz purists. Originally, a small bistro style club in the University District, they moved to their current Belltown location in 1985. The large, open layout with wrap-around balcony has the look of a glamorous vintage supper club yet still feels like an intimate jazz club. The back-alley entrance adds an old speakeasy vibe. The menu showcases a variety of Pacific Northwest seafood as well as succulent rib eye and other meat and poultry dishes. The daily Chef’s specials are also a flavorful bet. Their wine list has a great array of Washington wines as well. The servers are knowledgeable and can recommend a great food and wine pairing to elevate your meal. Reservations are recommended though dining isn’t necessary. There is a bar area with tables if you’d like to just have drinks while you watch the show. 2033 6th Avenue http://www.jazzalley.com/www-home/index.jsp
Tula’s An intimate club in a lively section of Belltown, Tula’s features a variety of jazz from big band orchestras that cram the tiny stage to folky jazz to fusion artists. One unexpectedly good local act that has graced Tula’s stage many a times is The Grunge Trio. Led by pianist Dan Kramlich, these musicians play jazz versions of Grunge classics. You can enjoy a variety of locally sourced Pacific Northwest fare and potent cocktails as you sway to a smooth rendition of Smells Like Teen Spirit or more classical acts playing standard jazz numbers. Ticket prices depend on the day and show. For most acts on Friday and Saturday, if you book dinner reservations before 7:00PM you get $5.00 off the cover price. You can also grab a seat at the bar and take your pick from over fifty malt scotches while enjoying the show. 2214 2nd Avenue http://www.tulas.com/index.html
The Tasting Room is a rustic wine bar located near Pike Place market and our Newmark Tower properties. Most Friday nights feature live jazz music with no cover. Though sometimes in lieu of jazz, they’ll feature a Flamenco guitarist or live Tango. They offer a vast array of wine from boutique Washington wineries. While most evenings you can try their tasting wine flights, Friday they only serve up wines by the glass or bottle. They also have small plates to pair with the wine and accompany the music. 1924 Post Alley https://winesofwashington.com/
Vito’s At this swanky mid-century club on First Hill—near our Vesper properties and a short Uber ride from our other properties—you can enjoy a plethora of live music five nights a week. Though be aware, their motto is: “Behaving badly since 1953.” Originally a spot known for its three-martini lunches, this joint now showcases local talent with most sets starting at 9:00PM and going until midnight; all without a cover charge. One standout local act that plays there is Kate Voss. Known for her Parisienne boudoir style jazz, she also does a sultry rendition of Beat It. The menu is classic Italian fare served family style. They also have a good wine list and some seriously strong libations. A perfect old school spot for a great vacation date night. 927 9th Avenue at Madison https://www.vitosseattle.com/